What to do in WC Putnam State Forest

The 146-acre WC Putnam State Forest is located in the midsection of the state featuring a small tract of timberland. Visitors enjoy hiking, hunting and viewing wildlife. South of Grafton, is Kidder Hill Covered Bridge which spans South Branch Saxtons River.

Located in the Places in History Travel Region, WC Putnam State Forest is a tract of public land consisting of 146 acres of timberland. Wildlife thrives in this relatively undisturbed woodland environment. Beautiful rolling mountains encircle this state forest and others including the Williams River State Forest, Grafton State Forest and Dorand State Forest. Limited recreation is offered at WC Putnam; however, nearby opportunities abound. To the south is the Grafton Ponds area, well known for cross-country skiing. To the north falls the Chester-Cambridgeport Bike Loop. Fishing in Saxton River is popular with anglers wishing to catch brown, brook and rainbow trout. In addition, several 19th century covered bridges are just a short distance away, including the Kidder Hill Bridge, a kingpost structure erected in 1870.

Hiking, hunting and viewing wildlife are enjoyed at this state forest. Nature photography is popular as well. Nearby attractions include scenic driving amid the areas gently rolling mountains, viewing historic covered bridges, coldwater fishing and in winter, cross-country skiing abounds at the areas public tracts and private golf courses.

From Grafton travel northwest on SR 121 about 2 miles and turning right to reach the State Forest. If you reach Houghtonville, you've traveled too far.

Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0601

Phone: 802-241-3670

Fax: 802-244-1481

Email: parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us
  • WC Putnam State Forest Travel Q&A